As much as any sport, mixed martial arts fans have a high rate of participation in the martial arts that make up the sport they love to watch. Most will never rise to the level of their favorite fighters, but many still want to take part in the same training as the fighters they follow.
Maybe more than any other sport, MMA trainers themselves are becoming a highly regarded quantity, particularly trainers like Greg Jackson (who trains fighters like Georges St. Pierre, Rashad Evans, Keith Jardine, and Nate Marquardt) or Mark DellaGrotte (who trains Kenny Florian, Marcus Davis, and Patrick Cote).
Unlike most other sports, there are opportunities in MMA to train with the superstar fighters and the coaches that train them. Paradise
Warrior Retreat for years has organized retreat-type seminars that allow local fighters, fight fans, and martial artists to train with elite fighters and coaches in a setting that is part fantasy camp and part training seminar.
Paradise Warrior Retreat kicks off its next tour– which includes five major U.S. cities – on March 13 in Dana Point, Calif. (just south of Los Angeles). This tour features five of the most sought after trainers in MMA. The aforementioned Greg Jackson and Mark DellaGrotte will be part of the tour, as will American Top Team’s Ricardo Liborio (trainer to Thiago Alves and Mike Brown), Xtreme Couture coach Shawn Tompkins (trainer to fighters like Randy Couture and Vitor Belfort), and Dave Camarillo of American Kickboxing Academy (who trains fighters like Jon Fitch, Josh Koscheck, and Mike Swick).
Following Dana Point, the tour will continue on to Westminster, Colo. (near Denver); Boston; Chicago; and Miami.
Paradise Warrior Retreat has been putting on seminars throughout the U.S. and Canada since 2004. Past instructors have included the
likes of Chuck Liddell, Matt Hughes, B.J. Penn, Matt Serra, Dan Henderson, Cung Le, Renato “Babalu” Sobral, and many others.
The seminar is a highly personal environment that allows personal interaction with all of the instructors.
For more information on Paradise Warrior Retreat, or to sign up for any of the upcoming seminars on the current tour, go to ParadiseWarriorRetreat.com.
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